Poll: Pig tax popular
Would you pay higher taxes to rid your town of marauding wild pigs?
That’s the question University of Haifa researchers posed to Haifa residents recently, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.
The survey followed a spike in the wild boar population, prompted in part by covid restrictions that kept people off the streets.
The study found the average Haifanik would pay $65 a year in extra taxes to let the city beat back the boars through such means as improving street sanitation and setting up a volunteer anti-pig patrol.
There was a clear demographic breakdown in the response, with richer residents, who are more likely to live in areas not prone to porcine incursions, less willing to support a tax increase.